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15 July 2015

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Yueyang Tower

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Located on the west city wall, the Yueyang Tower is one of three famous towers in South China, the other two being the Yellow Crane Tower in Wuchang and the Prince Teng Pavillion in Nanching. The predecessor of Yueyang Tower was a structure built during the Three Kingdoms period (220 -280 AD) for reviewing military parades. In the fifth year of Emperor Qingli's reign of the Song Dynasty (716), it was rebuilt, and famous Song Dynasty essay writer Fan Zhongyan(范仲淹) wrote his famous essay "Notes on Yueyang Tower", which was considered matchless in literary beauty and profound thought.

Yueyang Tower stands close to Dongting Lake, facing Junshan Isle with the city behind. The main tower, 19 meters high, is a three-story structure supported by four pillars and made of pure wood and upturned eaves. Especially noteworthy is the tower top which resembles a helmet used by warriors in ancient times, a real rarity in the history of ancient Chinese architecture. The structure is a unique combination of artistic tastes, mechanics, architecture, and craftsmanship. The Tower affords a spectacular view of Dongting Lake.
 
Photo source: hunan.gov.cn
 
On the afternoon of September 6, 2011, Yueyang's Junshan Islet Scenic Spot, Xiangtan's Shaoshan and Zhangjiajie's Tianmen Mountain Scenic Area in Hunan Province are ranked as 5A-class tourist attractions by the National Commission on Rating the Quality of Tourist Attractions. Since 2005, Yueyang City started to build Junshan Islet Scenic Spot into a 5A-class tourist attraction and accordingly established the Junshan Islet Scenic Spot Administration Committee and set the goal in the government work report for three consecutive years. With unified planning, construction and marketing, the scenic spot has improved its environment and service and welcomed bettering reputation and economic benefit. This year, the number of tourists and tourism revenue witnessed a monthly increase of more than 20%. 
 
Transport: Bus Nos.2 and 9 
 
Tel: (86)730-8311676 
 
Website: www.yueyanglou.com 
 
Admission fee: RMB 70 yuan/adult 
 
Opening hours: 8:00 -16:00 
 
Chinese source: yueyanglou.com
 
Updated on August 16, 2018